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Naperville Man Pleads Guilty to Ordering Hit, Sentencing Confusion in Armed Robbery Case

An update on DuPage County Court cases making headlines in this week's Court Watch.

Written by Dan Campana

The following are recent developments in DuPage Court cases:

DuPage County

Man Pleads Guilty to Asking Undercover Cop to Attack Estate Executor

Lisle: Ladislav Fromelius, 73, of Naperville, recently pleaded guilty in connection to a 2010 attack plot in a dispute over an estate. Fromelius entered a blind plea with no sentencing agreement after admitting to asking an undercover police officer to commit an aggravated battery. Prosecutors initially accused Fromelius of paying the officer $2,000 to beat up the executor of an estate. Fromelius is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 24. Prosecutors dropped several other charges as part of the deal.

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Bail Reduced for Man Charged with Home Invasion

Glen Ellyn

A Wheaton man charged with a Glen Ellyn home invasion last month had his bail reduced this week during a hearing. Jeffrey Beard was arrested on home invasion, battery and weapons charges after breaking into the home of an acquaintance on Sept. 16. Police said he held a gun to a woman's head, and that he fired the gun at one point during the incident. He had been held in DuPage County Jail on $1 million, but a judge reduced bond to $99,000 cash during an Oct. 2 hearing. He originally would have had to post $100,000 to be released on bond. Beard is scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 15.

Sentencing Confusion in Armed Robbery Case

Elmhurst

Diego Garcia wants a judge to clarify the sentencing range he faces on armed robbery charges tied to a pair of holdups in 2011. Garcia was told he was eligible for between 21 to 45 years if convicted in both cases, but the DuPage County Public Defender's Office suggests the range actually should be six to 30 years, because a 15-year add-on for using a weapon during an armed robbery is improper, according to court records. That's because being armed is a fundamental element of an armed robbery charge, and not something that enhances possible penalties, documents show. Garcia said he can not decide whether to discuss a plea or to go to trial without knowing his actual possible sentence. An Oct. 11 hearing is scheduled in the case.

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